How the Biden Administration Can Protect Public Environmental Information

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Just one week into Biden’s presidency, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced its intent to review the effectiveness of scientific integrity policies across federal agencies, stating that, “scientific findings should never be distorted or influenced by political considerations.” The OSTP review provides an opportunity to address the policy gaps in the governance of public information found on the websites of federal agencies, an issue that the website monitoring team of the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative has been tracking since the beginning of the Trump presidency. 

EPA Administrator Pick Michael Regan’s Enforcement Track Record is Promising

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Michael Regan was nominated to be US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator by then-President-elect Biden in December 2020 and will face Senate confirmation in the upcoming weeks. The enforcement of the US’s most important environmental and public health protection laws, like the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, plummeted under Trump. What might we expect from the EPA if Regan is confirmed? Regan’s time as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) may provide some clues.

Building Just, Equitable, and Effective Environmental Governance Under Biden

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When President elect Joe Biden and Vice-President elect Kamala Harris take office on January 20, 2021, they will need to respond quickly to the compounding disasters of the COVID-19 pandemic and the escalating climate crisis, both of which have had a disproportionate impact on communities of color, especially Black and Indigenous communities. The need for bold climate action and for a federal leadership deeply rooted in justice have never been greater. Both will require more effective environmental data and governance systems that put justice and equity at their center.   

Biden’s Pick for the Office of Public Engagement, Cedric Richmond, Profits While Polluting Industries in His District Avoid Culpability

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Environmental Enforcement Watch’s new report card on EPA enforcement in Cedric Richmond’s district between 2001 and 2019 adds to the public understanding and discussion around Richmond’s nomination. View the report card here. By Sky Murphy, Megan Raisle, Steve Hansen, Kelsey Breseman, Cole Alder, and Sara Wylie The choice of Rep. Cedric Richmond as director of […]